The reporters largely attribute these vocations to families' belief that the priesthood is a prestigious profession. The reporters do not seem to really understand that the priesthood is a calling, and the role that grace, faith and prayer play in young Catholics' response to the call.
But anyway, let us pray for our Vietnamese priests and seminarians, and let us thank God for them.
Most of these priests and seminarians probably are anti-Communist, thanks to their own or their family's experience with persecution of the Faith by the Vietnamese Communists. So let us pray that they will always remind their flocks to pray for our fellow Catholics around the world who endure persecution for Jesus' sake.
Let us also pray that they will be spared the belief among some in our U.S. Church that homosexuality -- inclination to sodomy -- is "giftedness."
Let us also pray they will see the immense need for them to be actively pro-life, to do their utmost to stop abortions in their parishes and to save babies and help their moms.
And let us pray that our Vietnamese priests and seminarians will have a spirit of ready obedience should Pope Benedict open up the Tridentine Mass for wide use.